In Washington Square and at Tandon, our Senior Tutors Program places upper-division, undergraduate peer tutors into the EWP Writing Center to work alongside faculty consultants with students from across the NYU community. Through their years as either course-based writing tutors or writing partners working with multilingual writers, the senior tutors have developed a keen awareness of academic writing styles and linguistic and disciplinary differences, and have cultivated their capacities to listen to, guide, and support students as they encounter new and unexpected challenges. Senior tutors approach their work with curiosity and enthusiasm, knowing that there is always something more to learn from a writer by asking them questions and joining the conversation. Senior tutors will offer you thoughtful advice on how to revise an essay draft, help you to reflect on your learning as a writer, and encourage you to add your distinct voice to the larger discussions of academia. Above all, senior tutors embrace their position as peers: they have confronted various writing cultures and challenges themselves at NYU and are now skilled at helping others along that path.
What can I expect from my Senior Tutoring appointment?
Just as in a conference with a faculty consultant, you can expect a senior tutor to ask you questions about your writing and your process, to listen and respond generously to your concerns, to collaborate with you on ways to revise, and to design opportunities for you to write and try new techniques during the session. As advanced NYU undergraduates themselves, senior tutors not only offer a fresh perspective on your draft but can also share their own experiences in navigating the demands of writing at NYU: many student writers choose to work with senior tutors expressly for this reason. The senior tutors have gained experience working as writing tutors in courses across CAS or as writing partners assisting multilingual writers, and they have learned practices that can help you at any stage of your writing process, from outlining and analyzing to researching, drafting, and revising. Whether you meet with a senior tutor once or multiple times, you can expect a welcoming and generative collaboration, one that encourages you to build more effective practices and gain more confidence in your voice as a writer.